• Feel the breeze while you bike down the shoreline of East Cost Park
• Fuel up on the best old school breakfast at an 80-year-old coffee shop
• Go inside the Marina Barrage dam and check out a historic photo gallery
See Singaporeans practicing tai chi and fan dances with a bike ride through the breezy, palm-lined East Coast Park, which follows the shore and stretches all the way from Marina Bay to Changi Airport. Start early, before it gets too hot, and fuel up on the best old-school breakfast: kaya toast (bread slathered with coconut-milk custard and butter), thick coffee, and two soft-boiled eggs with soy sauce and white pepper at Chin Mee Chin Confectionary. It’s the last of a dying breed of kopitiams (coffee shops), and it’s been in the same spot for 80 years. Then pick up your wheels at 12 Cycle and pedal west toward Marina Bay. Out at sea, the endless line of cargo ships waiting to pull into port serves as a stately escort on your ride. Soon you’ll see the arc of a new bridge that links the park to Marina Barrage, a dam built across the mouth of the Marina Channel, topped with a spiraling green roof. Inside, a small gallery details the city-state’s efforts at environmental and water conservation—the old photos of the Singapore River in the 1960s are surprising, and we appreciate the air-conditioned respite it provides from the heat. Up top, on the rooftop, watch kite fliers and couples taking their wedding photos with one of Singapore’s most thrilling views (those 170-foot-tall supertrees and the Marina Bay Sands towers) as a backdrop.
Start your day with breakfast at Chin Mee Chin Confectionery, which is easy to find on East Coast Road. It’s just a few blocks east of the intersection of East Coast and Still Road. Continue the experience by walking directly south. It’s easy to spot 1 2 Cycle’s bright green signage and rows of bicycles. Then, just cruise down the coast and you’ll hit Marina Barrage dam.
CHIN MEE CHIN CONFECTIONARY.; +65-6345-0419; facebook.com/pages/Chin-Mee-Chin-Confectionery
12 CYCLE: B/80 Marine Parade Central #01-786; +65-6345-7112; 12cycle.com.sg
MARINA BARRAGE: 8 Marina Gardens Dr.; +65-6514-5959; pub.gov.sg/marina